Misconceptions about Firearm Training and Defensive Shooting

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How much training do you need before you can take a firearm, put it on your body, and go out into a public space prepared to defend yourself or others in the community? Rob Pincus takes a wide-ranging look at this subject and specifically firearm training. He covers major topics like the Constitution to carry permits, the dynamics of a critical incident, personal responsibility, and the mechanics of firing a gun. Find out about the misconceptions regarding firearm training and defensive shooting.

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7 Responses to “Misconceptions about Firearm Training and Defensive Shooting”
  1. Joseph

    I have received training at every job I have worked at, if they offer it I will take it. If I need more training I will usually pay for a course with my own money. I have taken courses where they said, after they gave me the certificate, that I am trained, and I knew that was way far from the truth.

    I think having a gun or using any kind of self-defense needs a lot of training and continual training. Perhaps I could get by in the past at jobs with minimal training but having been in a couple of stressful situations where I had hardly any time to think but just react I know you need training that allows you to react appropriately under stress. Carrying a gun is a huge responsibility and a privilege; I think there is no question about the fact that training is needed. I think early on is the time to get training before bad habits are learned.

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    • frank

      I would not disagree about the importance of training, and mindset. I would note that I have been told things by official trainers in my agency that leave a lot to be desired. I do disagree that carrying a gun is a “privilege”. That implies that some official, like lets say Obama, Schumer, Feinstein, or Bloomberg has the right to allow us to have a Constitutional Right or not. Unfortunately, in Democratic left wing cites such as NYC, mere possession of any sort of gun has been made into a crime. The police in these places have been brainwashed into buying into this abject violation of the 2nd Amendment.

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  2. Steven

    Agree wholeheartedly! Rights entail responsibility. For that reason I continue training as much as I’m able, and encourage others to do the same.

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  3. Phil Wong

    Personally, I would add that a certain amount of your personal individual training time also needs to be spent on familiarizing yourself with the laws and regulations governing the carry and use of weapons, and defensive force in general, in the jurisdiction(s) you live/work in and regularly travel to – because, in the event that you are forced to use your weapons and skills in the context which you have trained for, your actions and conduct will be examined by the standards set forth in the laws of the jurisdiction where that use of force occurred.

    This is where those “plastic-card specialist” instructors come in – a good one will be familiar and current with the laws of the jurisdiction(s) they teach for, and will be able to advise you about some of the subtle differences and distinctions that you may not pick up on by simply reading the “black-letter law” statutes online or in a law library. $50-100 spent with a local CCW instructor, or on an hour’s consultation with a local criminal-defense attorney, is well worth it to learn the “rules of the road.”

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  4. Greg W.

    Well said sir. Let’s hope that those who could benefit the most from it will heed the advice.

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  5. rickcross

    Very good words Rob! Unfortunately the reality of getting people to train, even just dry practice a little a night, is most just don’t do it. I’m a CFP instructor (Nevada/Utah) in Las Vegas and have over 500 students under my belt and 6 years of doing permits and range training.

    I’ve worked real hard at creating ‘CCW Carriers’, and not just ‘permit holders’ but am discouraged at the lack of interest or commitment when it comes to protecting their lives and the lives of others!

    I follow-up with my students frequently and am surprised at how many tell me they don’t live fire and NEVER dry practice. For live-fire, I recommend once every two months, at least 100 rounds, and have a plan (drills and techniques) when they go to the range. This gives them 6 visits to the range in a year. I provide them (on a self-made CD) with dry practice info and range drills so they don’t have to go looking for it.

    I offer range training for free for my students, all they pay for is the range time, targets and bring their own ammo it’s amazing out of 500+ student base I might few a few that will commit and even them some will cancel right before.

    It’s a real sore spot with me.

    I estimate that out of my student base, at least 40% and probably higher DON’T EVEN CARRY ON A REGULAR BASIS! It is a long search of the soul to carry a lethal tool of self-defense daily, many people simply do not want the huge responsibility that goes along with it. I’ve had a lot of people that took my class and got a permit only to know what the state and local laws say about home defense…not carry.

    One of my motto’s is “Always a student, Sometimes a teacher” and as much as I tell my students you must be ready when the eagle flies, many simply do not take it seriously.

    Each to his own. I dry practice nightly and (I’m a reloader) fire on average of 1500 rounds per month and I always have a plan and benchmark to meet. I’ve had many tell me I’m good and I should get into competition (last man-on-man competition at Front Sight I messed up and came in second out of 37 people) but I’m afraid if I do, I’ll let the concealed carry arena slip and I’m not ready for that.

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  6. Eldred

    When I took my CPL class, the instructor told us that we were ripe for ‘Film at 11.” Meaning, that we only knew enough to get us killed, and more instruction was suggested. I don’t know how many of my classmates took further instruction, but I know *several* CPL holders who seldom(if ever) go to the range. I don’t quite understand that. I took an advanced weapons class with that same instructor, and also took the Intuitive Defense with Rob and Ken a couple of weeks ago. I also go to the range a couple of times per month, if not MUCH more. I’m trying NOT to be that “Film at 11″…

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